In the construction industry, over £70 million is lost each year through plant theft. Altogether, theft from construction sites and the associated costs are estimated to top £800 million every year. Construction sites are frequently targeted because of the high value equipment and materials they contain, which is often left out in the open while work is ongoing.
Protecting construction equipment at a permanent site, such as a depot or plant hire firm, can be done with high-grade fencing, high walls, security cameras and alarms and other long-term security solutions. However, there are challenges when protecting work sites in progress, as these are temporary. Installing fencing and electronic security systems would be expensive and time-consuming, so more efficient security solutions are needed.
Containers as Temporary Security
Construction sites attract two kinds of thieves – opportunists, who try to grab what they can see, and organised criminals who know what they are looking for. A steel container can deter both, by shielding materials from sight and by securing the most valuable equipment effectively.
Bringing a shipping container to the site is a fast, cost-effective way of creating secure storage on a temporary site. Steel containers in London are large enough to hold all manner of plant and equipment, from PPE and hand tools to forklifts and JCBs. They can also store expensive site materials like glass, copper, and hardwood.
The steel container can be chained and locked to prevent unauthorised access, and for added security, an alarmed lock could be added. The big, bulky container will be impossible for thieves to break into, or to lift away, and your equipment will remain protected.
Temporary Offices for Security Staff
If you are carrying out construction work at a site over several days or more, it might be wise to arrange a temporary security patrol to protect the site. A shipping container makes an ideal temporary office for staff, providing a warm, dry inside space that can be kitted out as required. The steel container could contain temporary toilets, seating and more, along with security equipment such as camera and alarms systems. When the job is done, the office can simply be lifted away and taken to the next location.
For ISO standard site cabins available on flexible temporary hire contracts, contact Flintham Cabins Ltd today and speak to our team. We help make construction security safe and simple – no matter where you are working.